April 16, 1991 |
When Mathias Rust noticed an old man struggling with a heavy suitcase at the train station recently, he stopped to help. "Thank you. Thank you so much!" the man said. Rust realized with a pang that it was the first time a stranger had smiled at him in 18 months. Then the old man stopped in his tracks. Wasn't he Mathias Rust, the famous young pilot who penetrated Soviet defense systems and landed his small plane in Red Square? "Yes," Rust replied. "Yes, I am."
November 24, 1989 |
Mathias Rust, imprisoned for more than a year after flying a single-engine plane past Soviet air defenses and into Moscow's Red Square, was jailed Thursday after the stabbing of a young nurse. Rust, 21, turned himself in more than two hours after fleeing the Hamburg-area hospital where he was working as an orderly under the federal Civilian Service, a pacifist alternative to compulsory military service in West Germany, police said.
October 7, 1988 |
Viewers will see this month the first American television interview with Mathias Rust, the West German who flew a single-engine plane into Moscow's Red Square in May 1987, on ABC's new fall series "Incredible Sunday." The interview, which will done via satellite from West Germany and will air Oct. 16, will focus on Rust's flight, why he attempted it and how he achieved it. Rust was sentenced to four years in a Soviet prison for his flight, but was released in August, after serving 15 months.
August 5, 1988 |
The West German government today rebuked Mathias Rust for not being more remorseful about his daredevil flight to Moscow's Red Square last year and for selling his story to a magazine. "It would have been better if Rust had stated immediately after his return that such an act should never again be performed," said government spokesman Norbert Schaefer.
August 4, 1988 |
Mathias Rust, the 20-year-old West German pilot who amazed the world by landing his small plane in Red Square last year, was freed Wednesday after serving a year of a four-year sentence in a Soviet prison. Rust, who buzzed the Kremlin in his single-engine Cessna before landing in Red Square in May, 1987, on what he said was a peace mission, was granted clemency by the Supreme Soviet, the country's Parliament, and put on an airliner to Frankfurt.
May 28, 1988 |
A year after making his daring flight to Red Square, West German amateur pilot Mathias Rust is still grounded in Moscow's Lefortovo Prison with apparently little hope of a quick release. The West German Embassy said on Friday that Bonn is still pressing for a pardon for the 20-year-old flier and still hopes for a positive reply from Moscow.